Our blog was recently awarded a “Shine On” award from Shaun, a fellow Scotsman who lives with and blogs about chronic pain. The young man has been an inspiration to many and we recommend his blog at prayingforoneday.wordpress.com.
THE “SHINE ON AWARD” RULES ARE:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.
Seven things about Ian
1. He is a proud Scot, even though also a Canadian for many years.
2. He loves to wear his kilt at any occasion he can.
3. He started wearing a kilt at age 15 while a member of the Army Cadets in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland.
4. In Army Cadets he learned that he was not allowed to wear underwear under the kilt.
5. That was okay as, at the time, his family was so impoverished they didn’t have underwear to wear anyway.
6. Since entering adulthood he has continued to wear a kilt but refuses to answer the question: “Do you wear anything under your kilt?”
7. Ian is intrigued (and so is his wife Gayle) by the fact that invariably whenever he wears his kilt, someone (usually a woman) asks him what he is wearing under it.
You may ask why the facts about Ian are all about him wearing a kilt. It is because Shaun (who nominated Ian for this award) made the following remark to Ian on May 22, 2013: “A man in a kilt is always a brother to me.”
Then, just as we were preparing to pass on this Shine On Award, we got another comment to a post of Ian’s from October 2012 entitled “Answering a Question Regarding Kilts” in which we quoted a paragraph from Ian’s memoir “From Poverty to Poverty: A Scotsman Encounters Canada.” There Ian relates that, as a teenager in the late 40s in Scotland he joined the Army Cadets, was issued a kilt and was inspected to be sure he hasn’t wearing anything underneath the kilt. Incidentally, here is a vintage photo of Ian and two Army Cadet buddies in their kilts.
On June 6, 2013, Shawn Bird commented: “I understand that current kilt rental businesses in Scotland request renters to wear undergarments, or they face a hefty fee for additional cleaning. I don’t understand why regimental rule was no undergarments. Was the possibility of windy revelation likely to demoralize the enemy?”
We have just replied to Shawn’s comments” “Good point, Shawn. I think you have hit upon a likely explanation. Perhaps you have read about the Scottish regiment in World War I which the Germans called “Die Damen aus der Hoelle” or the “Ladies from Hell.” They were said to have struck fear into the enemy because of their ferocious fighting, even though they wore what the Germans called “skirts.” But who knows, maybe it was what the wind whipped up that did it!”
We now nominate 15 other bloggers for the Shine On Award: